With a New Year approaching I can’t help but think about all the things I haven’t done. It’s so easy to think of all the things we haven’t accomplished, rather than what we have accomplished.
The grass is always greener in someone else’s lawn. We can bark and moan about the shows we’re not doing, the jobs we didn’t get and the opportunities we are certain were supposed to be ours.
I could say there was a lot wrong with 2014. But in all honesty it was a very good year. There were many things that did happen; there were shows I played and people I got the chance to work with. With every gig and performance, there were opportunities to hone my skills.
I am certain there have been opportunities like this for all of us. You gained experience in some aspect, whether personally, professionally or both. And it may not be in the ways you planned. As my mother often reminds me, “you know what you get when you don’t get what you want? Experience.” There’s plenty of experience to go around.
How often do our plans go as planned? I set out with goals for 2014. Some came to fruition and others fell to the wayside. I think sometimes it’s better to have more goals than less; even if you don’t achieve them all, at least you’ve probably accomplished some of them. And something is better than nothing, right?
There are so many goals we set for the New Year. You probably want to work out more, eat better, practice and get better at your skill set. There are auditions coming up and new jobs to take on.
Sadly some shows are closing. After the holiday season and ticket sales slow, it’s hard for some productions to continue. Some are only limited for the holidays season to begin with.
But with a New Year comes the chance to start fresh. There are friends to reconnect with and projects you’ve been meaning to work on. Hope you look back on 2014 with fond memories. I hope it was a very good year.